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From Hoi An: Market Tour, Basket Boat Ride and Cooking Class

1. From Hoi An: Market Tour, Basket Boat Ride and Cooking Class

Spend time in Vietnam's countryside on a morning or afternoon guided tour from Hoi An. Browse a local market before floating through a dense coconut palm forest on a traditional bamboo basket boat. Learn how to prepare Vietnamese food and savor your work during a cooking class. Meet your guide at the Godiva coffee shop before heading to explore a morning or afternoon market in Hoi An. Marvel at the seasonal fruits, noodles, herbs, vegetables, meat, and fish on display. Interact with the vendors and get some tips on how to bargain.  Then, paddle through the water coconut palms aboard a bamboo basket boat. Learn how to fish with a fishing net, listen to some folk songs and receive some handmade souvenirs made from coconut leaves. Learn how to cook Vietnamese food, such as Bánh cuốn (Vietnamese steamed rice rolls), Bánh Xèo (Hoian rice pancakes), Phở (pho noodles with beef), and Chè (sweet bean soup) as you prepare your own lunch or dinner.

Eco Cooking Class, Cruise Trip, and Basket Boat Riding

2. Eco Cooking Class, Cruise Trip, and Basket Boat Riding

Vietnamese food is among the best and most healthy cuisines in the world. No wonder so many people come to Vietnam to learn how to make Vietnamese food. This Eco Cooking Class in Hoi An will be a great way for you to not only learn to make some famous Vietnamese dishes, but also you will have the chance to experience different activities in the coconut jungle in Hoi An. Paddle basket boats and watching people catch fish using traditional methods. With this Hoi An Eco Cooking Class, you will pass through the water coconut jungle on basket boats. Afterwards, you will go to cook in a countryside area of Hoi An's ancient town. If you are traveling in big groups, this cooking class is a perfect choice. Menu: Goi cuon – Fresh Rice Paper Salad Rolls with Pork and Shrimp with a Tangy Peanut Hoisin Dipping Sauce Pho Bo cooked Ha Noi style Mi Xao Hai San: Fried Noodle Banh Xeo: Crispy Vietnamese Crepes

Hoi An Countryside - Morning: 9 Km Small-Group Bicycle Tour

3. Hoi An Countryside - Morning: 9 Km Small-Group Bicycle Tour

Take a day to be filled with discovery and surprises in the Hoi An Countryside. Cross boundless rice fields, learn the secret of making the famous woven mats that serve as beds, discover boat builders, make the boats that wind down the river, cross small bridges, try the amazing basket boat, and much more. During your tour, meet local families who will welcome you to share a meal. This special moment will offer you the opportunity to speak with them and to learn their customs and traditions firsthand. After your meal, you will return to Hoi An by boat. A new opportunity for you to admire the diversity of the Vietnamese landscape.

From Hoi An: My Son Tour by Bus and Boat

4. From Hoi An: My Son Tour by Bus and Boat

Rich with cultural and historic significance, My Son sanctuary is one of the most beautiful and important religious sites in Vietnam. Your tour starts early, with pickup from your expert English-speaking guide at 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM. After a stunning drive through amidst lush hills and rushing rivers, you’ll arrive at the My Son at 10:00 AM — still early enough to beat the heat. Wandering through the ruins of ancient temples to the Hindu god Shiva, your guide will recount the fascinating history of the kingdom of Champa, whose religious leaders began the construction of My Son in the 4th-century. See the ornate towers, now covered with bright green grass, with ornate pillars still suggesting the beauty of the complex when it was built. After 2.5 hours of exploring, you’ll hop on a colorful boat bound back for Hoi An, where you’ll gather more priceless insight from your guide while you enjoy a local vegetarian lunch. Drifting down the Thu Bôn River, you'll get a further taste of the verdant beauty of the Vietnamese countryside, flanked by mountains and jungles on either side. By 2:30 PM you’ll be back at Nguyen Hoang pier in Hoi An, ready to take on the rest of your day.

Hoi An: Night Food Tasting Tour

5. Hoi An: Night Food Tasting Tour

Work your way around Hoi An’s Old Town after the sun has gone down. On this small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people, you will be joined by a local leader who will give you an insight into the food scene in Hoi An. Enjoy a culinary adventure away from the Midday heat. Meet your guide at sunset for a walk through the local cafes, food stalls, markets, and restaurants at the heart of the historic city. Go to a bakery that has been making the town’s tastiest banh mi (a type of sandwich) for over 20 years, using fresh local ingredients. Next, join the locals at a small café to try the hot and crunchy banh can crackers, served with quails eggs, pork, and a tasty salad. Continue into the heart of Vietnamese cuisine as you head straight for some favorite local eating spots. Your knowledgeable local guide will walk you through the colorful array of ingredients, explaining to you the most popular dishes in Hoi An and the significance of these foods to the traditional culture of central Vietnam. Dig even deeper into the local food scene, passing through a maze of tiny alleys to emerge at a favorite (secret) restaurant in Hoi An, where you’ll sample the Hoi An’s specialties: Cao Lau noodles with pork and a wonderful sesame and peanut hot milk. There is more food to come. Your Hoi An food tour continues with more bites, based on what’s available that day. Be sure to save space though, as you still have yet another treat in store for you, dessert and a local beer.

Hoi An: 4-Hour Countryside Sightseeing Bike Tour

6. Hoi An: 4-Hour Countryside Sightseeing Bike Tour

Visit Tra Que vegetable village where you will feel the green with a distinct aroma of local varieties of vegetables. You'll have a hands-on experience of growing vegetables with the farmers. Then, you'll ride to Cam Thanh ecovillage. On the way, you will contemplate the beauty of the countryside in Vietnam, have photo opportunities of the rice paddies, and sumptuous landscapes, and ride water buffalo in the rice fields. Next, you'll ride through the coconut palm jungle and have a chance to row basket boats with the locals. You will also be immersed in the natural beauty of the nipa palm forest. Get some lovable handmade souvenirs made from nipa palm leaves such as hats, watches, and rings. Afterward, enjoy some local food for lunch or dinner at a restaurant such as Hoi An spring rolls, Banana flower salad , Stir fried spinach with rice and seasonal fruits for dessert

Hoi An: Half-Day Silk Cloth Producing Process Tour

7. Hoi An: Half-Day Silk Cloth Producing Process Tour

We will pick you up at your hotel and head to Hoi An Silk Village. Upon arrival, you can relax and enjoy a welcome drink. This village is the tourist destination chosen by a number of domestic and foreign visitors. Specially, in this village, more 40 mulberry roots about hundreds of years old and many other species of mulberry from the nationwide are kept. We will visit the traditional house in Quang Nam and listen to the story of craft sericulture there. Next, we will visit the ancient mulberry gardens and the silkworm-breeding houses, where we can see the cocoons, learn how to feed the silkworms and unravel silkworm cocoons using traditional methods. You can feed cocoons by yourself. Food for these cocoons are collected from the mulberry trees in the gardens. Discover the handicrafts of Champa people and learn how to make traditional textiles as we visit the Vietnamese traditional silk weaving house. Finally, we will visit the showroom to see the silk products and tailors then enjoy snack in the mulberry garden.

Hoi An Countryside full day: 23 Km Small Group Bicycle Tour

8. Hoi An Countryside full day: 23 Km Small Group Bicycle Tour

After departing Hoi An, cruise in a boat transfer for about 1 hour on the Thu Bon river. Arrive at a small village in the middle of the delta to begin your cycling tour. The tour goes for about 23 kilometers (15 miles) and includes plenty of stops with no traffic. Spend the morning cycling 14 kilometers (8.7 miles) across the countryside and rice fields. Cross from island to island with the bridges or a local boat, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. A short boat crossing brings you to a small island for lunch with a local family. In the afternoon, explore the local crafts and learn how the wooden river boats are made. Discover the secrets of weaving the colorful straw from traditional sleeping mats, and try the renowned local basket boats.

Hoi An/Da Nang: Vegetarian Cooking Class & Basket Boat Ride

9. Hoi An/Da Nang: Vegetarian Cooking Class & Basket Boat Ride

Enjoy a cooking class and basket boat ride near Cam Thanh village on a combo activity from Hoi An or Da Nang. Start with pickup from your hotel in Hoi An or Da Nang. Transfer to Cam Thanh village by boat and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the area. Explore the market with the chef and pick out the necessary ingredients for the cooking class. Discover the Cam Thanh Coconut Village as you paddle through the narrow channels of the area. Then, learn how to catch crabs with rods and special nets. Learn how to create a full vegetarian meal of “Pho" noodle soup, tofu rice paper rolls, fried spring rolls, and a traditional Vietnamese Pancake. Enjoy your creations in the serene surroundings, before returning to your hotel.

Hoi An: Vietnamese Cooking Class only

10. Hoi An: Vietnamese Cooking Class only

Dive into authentic Vietnamese cuisine with this cooking class in Hoi An, perfect for the whole family. Learn how to prepare four Vietnamese specialties and enjoy your dishes for lunch or dinner. Choose between a morning or afternoon class. After getting picked up, get transferred to a cooking house in Cam Thanh Village where your class will take place. Afterward, it’s time to get cooking. The menu for the class includes Beef Noodle Soup, Deep-fried spring roll, Hoi An Pancake ( Banh Xeo) with pork and prawns, Fresh spring roll without the rice paper Vegetarian option available on request

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4.6 / 5

based on 355 reviews

We had an amazing time on the cycle tour. Our guide Diem was so informative, friendly and enthusiastic. She was constantly filling up our water bottles and giving us time to ask questions and take photos. We had a very fun ride in a basket boat with a local lady who was so funny and sweet. The cycling is very easy, suitable for all ages. The lunch with the local family was so so delicious. The best day I have had in Hoi An.

Amazing beautiful island. Local people so friendly and watching traditional crafts very interesting. Two guides were fantastic, fun and chatty. Best day here so far! Cycling through fields and small village - stopping for ice tea - all unique ! Go on this tour!!

Great tour. Our guide was sweet, funny and knowledgeable. Cycling was relatively easy, although be careful in the sun. Lunch was great, and the stops to see the local crafts were really interesting. Very much recommended!

The lovely Ling was our bike guide. She was fantastic and explained everything. The river boat ride was great fun and highly recommend!!

the coconut boat was really cool, but the best part was the cooking class! The food is really good and the chef is very friendly!